28. August 2011
Here the session from yesterday with Lara… the unstable weather forced me to find something indoor and so I asked the people from an old coal mine in eastern Belgium if we could take a few pictures inside… I have been shooting there before… a long time ago: when I started photography and had done maybe 2 or 3 shoots I signed up for a model-shoot-event: a number of photographers and an equal amount of amateur models meet and then everybody shoots with everybody – more or less… and this event took place in this mine. Back then it was a completely deserted place… absolutely empty and you could go everywhere.. now its an event center with a cinema, restaurant, underground parking and all…. I was a bit worried if it would be still any good for shooting…but they managed to find a nice balance between modernizing and keeping the old industrial heritage alive…. I attach one picture of the session back then taken at exactly the same place I used now… don’t laugh!
I used the Nikon F4 with Tri-X developed in Rodinal – which gives a nice gritty look that serves this industrial theme quite well. On top of that I had the Aero Ektar with me and took a few shots – you will see the difference: “smooth and creamy” vs “gritty and rough” … on some of the 4×5 negs I had a problem with the development tank… you will see… more inside the gallery.
Many thanks to Lara … she simply took some dresses of her mother – without any special make-up or other styling – and pulled off a great performance!